Tak­ing a stand for women

> Screen leg­end Amitabh Bachchan tack­les the dis­turb­ing is­sue of sex­ual vi­o­lence in In­dia with his new court­room drama, Pink, mark­ing a new chap­ter in his film ca­reer

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grand­daugh­ters this week.

In it, he urged them and all of In­dia’s grand­daugh­ters to make their own choices and “don’t let any­one make you be­lieve the length of your skirt is a mea­sure of your char­ac­ter”.

His ex­pe­ri­ences shoot­ing Pink, which is di­rected by Anirud­dha Roy Chowd­hury, “be­came a source of in­spi­ra­tion to write that let­ter”, Amitabh ex­plained to AFP in his fa­mous, deep bari­tone voice when asked why he wrote the let­ter.

It is just the lat­est mile­stone in the pro­lific, decades-long ca­reer of this ven­er­a­ble In­dian film icon.

Amitabh first shot to star­dom in the early 1970s on the back of pow­er­ful roles in hits such as Zan­jeer and Sho­lay.

He was dubbed In­dia’s “an­gry young man” due to his por­trayal of vi­o­lent heroes fight­ing against an un­just sys­tem as Bol­ly­wood movies, which had pre­vi­ously been po­lite ro­mances, added a new ag­gres­sive el­e­ment.

Amitabh quickly be­came Bol­ly­wood’s most in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised star, man­ag­ing to avoid typ­cast­ing.

He is mar­ried to for­mer lead­ing hero­ine of Hindi cin­ema Jaya Bhaduri and hosts the In­dian ver­sion of TV quiz show Who Wants to Be a Mil­lion­aire.

His son Ab­hishek is also an ac­tor, while his daugh­ter-in-law Aish­warya Rai Bachchan is a for­mer Miss World and lead­ing Hindi film ac­tress.

He said one of the big­gest changes to In­dia’s cen­tury-old Hindi film in­dus­try that he had seen over his ca­reer was the num­ber of women now work­ing on Bol­ly­wood film sets.

“There are a lot of women on set in ev­ery depart­ment... tak­ing charge of pro­duc­tion, cam­era and ad­min­is­tra­tion. These were all jobs that were done by men.

“The only ladies you saw on set were the lead­ing lady and maybe, as her chap­er­one, her mother,” he said.

Pink will be Amitabh’s third re­lease of the year fol­low­ing crime thrillers Wazir and Te3n and he is clearly rev­el­ling in be­ing cast as a trou­bled el­derly male in re­cent roles.

The ac­tor said it was “won­der­ful” to work on films where the av­er­age age is 25 to 30, and in­sisted he has no plans to slow down.

“I take what­ever comes to me. For­tu­nately, they are stories that are com­men­su­rate with my age so I ac­cept them. I need to work and I am happy to be work­ing,” he said.

“As an ac­tor, I love to be chal­lenged. I love to be put in a dif­fer­ent sphere and hope I can tackle it.

“I hope there are still new things out there for me to try.” – AFPRe­laxnews

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